July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners!!

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International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Antifascists fight against those who—in the government or in the streets—dream of imposing their fascist and other Far Right nationalist nightmares on the rest of us. Throughout the world, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist bigotries are on the rise. Antifas are on the frontline in confronting these reactionary politics, and we will not forget our comrades imprisoned in the course of this struggle.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian who is imprisoned in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans. Groups around the world took action: holding demonstrations, benefits supporting the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, writing to Jock, and talking about the plight of the Romani and Sinti people in general.

In 2015 we would like to expand this day of solidarity to all antifascist prisoners around the world. We encourage groups to take the day to plan an event of their choice—whether it is a letter writing, demonstration, benefit, or other action—and to focus on the prisoners and related issues that are of most importance to them locally.

Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners; if there is an antifa prisoner who is missing, please e-mail us with his or her details and the language(s) they can read.

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

Send prisoner updates, announcements for local events, and additional group endorsements to nycantifascistaction@gmail.com.

LIST OF ENDORSING GROUPS:

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Burn the American Flags – Wednesday, July 1! (updated)

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Note: This event has been renamed from “Burn the Confederate Flag” to “Burn the American Flags,” and moved to Wednesday, July 1.

After the protest to shut down Rikers in honor of Kalief Browder, burn a Confederate flag with Disarm NYPD somewhere in NY! Details to follow on this Facebook event.

On June 17th, white supremacist Dylan Roof callously murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. As people across many cities have mourned and demonstrated in solidarity with the victims and their families over the past week, the Confederate flag – a symbol of racist oppression and hatred – remained raised on the South Carolina State House grounds.

We cannot ignore the roots of Dylan Roof’s savagery in America’s long history of institutionalized racism and murderous violence against black people. The Confederate flag, which Dylan Roof proudly displayed, is a lasting symbol of slavery, segregation, and the racist exploitation that still dominates our society. Dylan Roof isn’t an isolated actor – he is a product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and racialized dehumanization in America. Still today, because of the color of their skin millions are imprisoned, thousands are executed in the street by police, and those that escape death and torture are harassed daily. There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression. It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.

Please join us on June 27th, a national day of action, at 7:00PM to demonstrate for the Charleston nine and all of those killed by racist violence in America. We will set fire to this symbol of oppression – the Confederate flag – and march to honor our brothers and sisters who have fallen in the long struggle for freedom. Rise up!

#BurnThatFlag
#FeelTheBurn

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For the Charleston 9 and Kalief Browder

Two new posters from our comrades Teresa Panza:

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There’s also a march to “Shut Down Rikers” this Saturday at 3pm. Fuck the prisons, Nazis, police, and all other organs of white supremacy!

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Tonight the Enemy Will Know the Price of Blood and Tears: RIP Clément Méric

Screen shot 2015-06-05 at 1.23.04 PMOn June 5, 2013, several anti-fascists, including 18-year old Clément Méric, interrupted a Nazi shopping trip to a Ben Sherman and Fred Perry sample sale in Paris. The fascist skinheads, aligned with the Jeunesses nationalistes révolutionnaires (“Revolutionary Nationalist Youth”)—a since-banned Third Positionist group whose motto, “Believe, obey, fight,” is an obvious reference to Italian fascism—were fitted with bomber jackets and Blood and Honor tattoos. Words were exchanged, reinforcements were called, and soon a brawl would commence outside.

While the anti-fascists waited in the streets below, store security advised the fascist skinheads to leave through a different exit and avoid confrontation. Instead, they charged out with weapons, including knuckledusters, per witnesses in the shop. In the course of the fight, Clément, a young college student and LGBT activist, who was active with Action Antifasciste Paris-Banlieue (“Anti-Fascist Action Paris-Suburbs”), was punched unconscious by one of the fascist skinheads, Esteban Morillo. The next morning, June 6, Clément, who had just survived leukemia and had his whole life ahead of him, was declared brain dead and died in the hospital.

Although Morillo cried out “One shot!” at the time of the fight, he admitted to authorities that he had punched Clément twice. Witnesses say they saw Morillo with knuckledusters or “a shiny object in his hands” at the time of the fight, and several pairs were found later in his home. A medical report, however, indicates that Clément was punched at least five times, and leaves open the possibility of a second attacker. Two years later, Morillo and one other fascist from the fight, Samuel Dufour, have yet to stand trial for the charge of “violence unintentionally leading to death.” It is worth noting that authorities found copious amounts of fascist and explicitly Nazi propaganda on Dufour’s USB drive—swastikas, Nazi eagles, a map of France covered with the logo of the National Front, as well as “White Power” inscriptions. There were also pictures of Adolf Hitler, including one with the French flag and the slogan: “We want a French Hitler.”

Clément’s death at the hands of fascists shocked France. Two days afterwards, there was a huge demonstration in Paris, as well as protests in Marseille, Grenoble and Spain. The French government banned the Jeunesses nationalistes révolutionnaires, and its parent organization Troisième voie (“Third Way”), as well as Envie de rêver (“Dare to Dream”), and the Vichy-longing L’Œuvre française (“The French Organization”) in the wake of public outcry over the murder. Students and teachers tearfully sang the “Chant des partisans” in front of the university he attended. This Saturday, on the two year anniversary of Clément’s death, there will once again be thousands on the streets of Paris. We join them in saying:

WE DO NOT FORGIVE & WE DO NOT FORGET!

NO PASARAN!

RIP CLÉMENT!

clementClément at a demonstration on April 2013, months before he was killed by fascists. The banner reads, “homophobia kills.”

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Drawing Lines Against Racism and Fascism

Crypto-fascists and pro-White separatists are entering and recruiting from progressive circles. This essay offers some guidelines for identifying and dealing with this problem.

In the not-so-distant past, one had little problem identifying a White separatist. Generally, they came in two styles: white hoods and burning crosses, or oxblood Doc Martens and swastika tattoos. Both were usually shouting vulgar epithets about African-Americans, Jews, and LGBTQ folks. And their relationship with the Left was usually in the form of breaking either bookstore windows or activists’ bones—if not outright murder. Barring them from progressive spaces was an act of physical self-preservation—not a show of political principles in drawing a line against ideological racism and fascism.

Today, White separatists don’t always come in such easily identifiable forms, either in their dress or politics. A part of the White separatist and related Far Right movement has taken some unusual turns. Some fascists seek alliances with ultranationalist people of color—a few of whom, in turn, consider themselves fascists. New types of groups embrace White separatism under a larger banner of decentralization. For many decades, the Far Right has disguised or rebranded its politics by establishing front groups, deploying code words, or using other attempts to fly under the radar. As the years pass by, some of these projects have taken on lives of their own as these forms have been adopted by those with different agendas. Simultaneously, there is a revival of fascist influence within countercultural music scenes. And intertwined with these changes is a renewed attempt on the part of some White separatists to participate in, or cross-recruit from, progressive circles.

This essay was written after a multi-year collaboration with a number of anti-fascist activists; we have struggled to understand this new phenomenon and craft ways to deal with it. I will attempt to: explain why Far Right actors should not be allowed to participate in progressive circles, suggest criteria regarding where the line should be drawn in defining which politics are problematic enough to take action against, and offer suggestions on how to communicate with and encourage individuals who may want to leave those movements.

Read the full article “Drawing Lines Against Racism and Fascism” here.

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